East Africa

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Where did you go?

Africa – Backpacking from Nairobi to Cape Town.

Were there any language barriers? 

No, the majority of people spoke English, or at least tried hard to!

What tourist attractions did you visit?

Serengeti, David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, Giraffe Manor, Zanzibar – old stone town, Lake Malawi, Victoria Falls, Chobe National Park, Cape Town – Table Mountain, V&A waterfront, Stellanbosch, Kirstenbosch.

Did your IBD cause you any issues on this trip?

As we were doing long bus trips, I did find that I had to dose up on Gastro-Stop and be very careful about what I ate and when, in order to make it to toilet stops.

Was there anything out of the ordinary that stressed you out, or could potentially stress out someone with IBD?

Being on a bus without a toilet, and having to dig a hole when you do stop for the toilet.

Can you recommend how many days/weeks is a good time to visit this location?

I did this trip in 8 weeks. I could have stayed for 8 more, easily.

Can you tell us what the food and cuisine is like? Any tips on where to eat and what to avoid?

Plenty of rice and vegetables. If you are with a tour group, it’s usually fairly stodgy food and sandwiches. At restaurants, you can be as adventurous as you like.

What were the toilets like?

Varied. Some were perfectly fine, others not so much.

Do you recommend any hospitals or a GP that people with IBD could potentially use?

Cape Town has several facilities that are great.

On a scale of 1-5 how much does your IBD affect you?

(1 being in remission and 5 being in a flare)

2-3.

On a scale of 1-5, how difficult was it to manage your IBD while on this trip?

(1 being no issues and 5 being very difficult to manage)

4.

Were there any activities which challenged your IBD management? 

Long bus trips without a toilet.

Would you recommend this place for people who have IBD? 

It would depend how badly your IBD was affecting you. Definitely talk to your GP before you go to get some management tips in place.

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